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Inside We’re Not Just Building Power Lines, We’re Really Building Lives! When It Comes To Giving Back To The Community, Our Employees Have All The Bases Covered P.o. Box 27306, raleigh, Nc 27611 Periodical

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When It Comes To Giving Back To The Community, Our Employees Have All The Bases Covered. Sometimes it’s hard to spot a hero. But in this case, we’ll make it a little easier for you—just look for a lineman wearing a Blue Ridge Electric uniform. While a lineman continually steps up to the plate by building and maintaining the power lines of a community, he also molds and nurtures the community itself, serving as a valuable role model who consistently gives back on and off the clock. We know how lucky we are to have them, because they help us provide the reliable service Blue Ridge Electric is known for. But we know our members and their communities are lucky to have them too, because honest-to-goodness heroes can be so hard to find.

We want to be part of our members’ communities on Facebook too. We’d really like it if you’d “like us.”

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The pride of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives

Volume 45, No. 4, April 2013

Going to the Country 6 adventures Co-op Nation Allen de Hart’s trails

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April 2013 Volume 45, No. 4




Carolina Country Adventures The 2013 Touchstone Energy Travel Guide takes you on new adventures to experience North Carolina. Potter’s Raid Duplin County Carthage & Cameron Gold Country Surry County Madison County


Today’s Utility Landscape

4 First Person Inspired to lead Co-op Nation.


Changes in the industry are affecting your electricity rates.


8 More Power to You Beware of this magazine subscription scam.

Co-op Nation Their national meeting energizes electric cooperative delegates.


14 Where Is This? Somewhere in Carolina country.

Easter Dresses

18 Carolina Gardens The graceful Solomon’s seal.

And other things you remember.

22 Tar Heel Lessons Getting to know Allen de Hart. 24 Joyner’s Corner The four seasons. 26 On the House Should your range hood be vented? 27 Classified Ads

On the Cover

The TV Land Landmark statue of Andy and Opie Taylor at the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy is part of the Surry County adventure that begins on page 54. ( – Bill Russ)

28 Carolina Kitchen Chicken Salad, Skewered Buffalo Chicken Tenders & Buffalo Hot Sauce, Amazing Brownies. 33 Carolina Compass April events.


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Inspired to lead Co-op Nation

(ISSN 0008-6746) (USPS 832800)

Read monthly in more than 650,000 homes

By Jo Ann Emerson

Published monthly by North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc.

On March 2, Jo Ann Emerson became chief executive officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The following is excerpted from her remarks to the NRECA annual meeting held in February in New Orleans.

3400 Sumner Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27616 Editor Michael E.C. Gery, (919) 875-3062 Senior Associate Editor Renee C. Gannon, CCC, (919) 875-3209 Contributing Editor Karen Olson House, (919) 875-3036

I feel very privileged to join such a fabulous family, the Co-op Nation. There is no better. I come from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, a town of about 35,000 people on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. We have had our fair share of disasters. We have had floods, we have had tornadoes, we have had ice storms, and we even had a derecho. (I didn’t know what that was until a couple of years ago.) But during the 16-plus years that I have been privileged to serve southern Missouri in Congress, I have seen up close and personal how electric cooperatives can be counted on in times of disaster. It has so inspired me. We work together — and we work on the front lines — co-op leaders, members, the first ones to respond. Co-ops are there to make sure people have shelter if they have no homes to stay in. We have hot meals for all of the folks who need them. We have generators for people, clothing for people who lost everything. The co-ops always are there first. That makes me so proud. That is what makes co-ops different from everybody else. During the ice storms particularly, our electric cooperative linemen were out there in the harshest of

Creative Director Tara Verna, (919) 875-3134 Senior Graphic Designer Warren Kessler, (919) 875-3090 Graphic Designer Linda Van de Zande, (919) 875-3110 Publication Business Specialist Jenny Lloyd, (919) 875-3091 Advertising Jennifer Boedart Hoey, (919) 875-3077 Executive Vice President & CEO Joseph P. Brannan Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations Nelle Hotchkiss North Carolina’s electric cooperatives provide reliable, safe and affordable electric service to nearly 900,000 homes and businesses. The 26 electric cooperatives are each member-owned, not-for-profit and overseen by a board of directors elected by the membership. Why Do We Send You Carolina Country Magazine? Your cooperative sends you Carolina Country as a convenient, economical way to share with its members information about services, director elections, meetings and management decisions. The magazine also carries legal notices that otherwise would be published in other media at greater cost. Your co-op’s board of directors authorizes a subscription to Carolina Country on behalf of the membership at a cost of less than $4 per year. Member of BPA Worldwide Advertising published in Carolina Country is accepted on the premise that the merchandise and services offered are accurately described and willingly sold to customers at the advertised price. The magazine, North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc., and the member cooperatives do not necessarily endorse the products or services advertised. Advertising that does not conform to these standards or that is deceptive or misleading is never knowingly accepted. Should you encounter advertising that does not comply with these standards, please inform Carolina Country at P.O. Box 27306, Raleigh, NC 27611. (919) 875-3062.

Carolina Country is available on cassette tape as a courtesy of volunteer services at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Raleigh, N.C. (888) 388-2460. Periodicals postage paid at Raleigh, N.C., and additional mailing offices. Editorial offices: 3400 Sumner Blvd., Raleigh, N.C. 27616. Carolina Country® is a registered trademark of the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc. POSTMASTER: Send address changes Form 3579 to Carolina Country, P.O. Box 27306, Raleigh, N.C. 27611. Subscriptions: Individual subscriptions, $10 per year. $20 outside U.S.A. Schools, libraries, $6. Has your address changed? Carolina Country magazine is available monthly to members of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives. If you are a member of one of these cooperatives but do not receive Carolina Country, you may request a subscription by calling Member Services at the office of your cooperative. If your address has changed, please inform your cooperative. All content © Carolina Country unless otherwise indicated. Soy ink is naturally low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and its usage can reduce emissions causing air pollution.

Michael Lynch

Carolina Country magazine is a member of the National Country Market family of publications, collectively reaching over 8.4 million households.

Jo Ann Emerson works with the Youth Leadership Council’s Congressional Action Center at the NRECA annual meeting.

circumstances. It looked like a war had happened. Thousands of poles were lost, and they were out there in 2-degree weather to bring the lights back on. It inspired me to learn more about what our Co-op Nation does to help people — even in the remotest parts of the world. When co-ops bring electricity to people, they bring the opportunity for people to realize their dreams. Electric co-ops make that happen. I have been so inspired as well by meeting over the years the students who are part of our Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington. They are today’s leaders in their schools and in their communities, and they will be tomorrow’s leaders helping us grow our Co-op Nation. I have been inspired, too, by the co-op managers I have met, who often face very challenging circumstances. I have been inspired by co-op board members who give so much personal time to Co-op Nation. I know it is not easy for their families, but they make a difference in people’s lives. Co-ops lift up their communities. That is very inspiring to me. As electric co-ops, we do face challenges, including from forces that may have a different agenda from ours. We need to show them how we make lives better for people in our communities. We have a common purpose to face those challenges with creativity and ingenuity. And guess what? If we stick together, if we work hard, if we remember that we are a family, we can accomplish what we need to do. If we have differences, we need to talk about them, air them out, and then work with each other just like people do in a family. If we are together as one, we can work successfully for that common purpose. I feel very blessed, very privileged, to have been given the opportunity to lead such a respectable organization on the mission to serve our nation’s families, businesses and communities. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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My research shows this is a 1912 model ammunition wagon manufactured by Trailmobile, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, for the U.S. Army and shipped to France during World War I. It has solid metal suspension with 7,000-pound capacity weight, wooden wheels and solid rubber tires. It was pulled by horses or an army tank. My son, Ed White, was searching for a horse-drawn wagon, and a retired farmer in western Burke County had this wagon that had been brought back from France after the war and parked in his cow pasture since the 1920s. Ed bought the wagon and it is now on display on the White’s private property below Lake James near the Catawba River. Roy White, Granite Falls, Blue Ridge Electric

The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild is sponsoring an essay contest to help send 10 kids between the ages of 10–17 to Camp Canvasback at the Eastern 4-H Center for the week of July 14–19. Winners will receive a 50 percent scholarship to attend the camp ($230 for the remaining tuition). Interested children should send a typed essay of 500 words or less by May 1 on why they would like to attend Camp Canvasback. Raymond Earp, Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, 302 Copeland Road, Beaufort, NC 28516



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Ms. Wilma’s collards Wilma Whorton is known to tend one of the best gardens in Pamlico County. Bayboro’s The County Compass photographed her this past winter in her garden in the Merritt community, where she has grown collards for 71 years. Her 31-row garden also grows peanuts, beans, field peas and hot peppers for vinegar.

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formed as cooperatives, owned by the members. As they formed their own cooperatives, it wasn’t long until our folks saw the power lines go up. Today, electric cooperatives focus on providing reliable, safe and affordable electricity. But our cooperatives do more than keep the lights on: they keep smiles on, too. Cooperatives play a pivotal role in our rural communities. They change lights on ball fields, assist neighbors who struggle to make ends meet, fund grants to local schools, offer scholarships. They are a backbone in our local economies by providing stable employment. Cooperatives do not do such things for the sake of good publicity. They do it because it is the cooperative way. It is more than keeping the lights on: It’s about improving the way of life for their communities. As we head into a new age of business and rampant globalization, we must keep in mind the necessity to support our local electric cooperatives and their ideals of autonomy, democracy and community. It is our job to spread the cooperative principles to those who are unfamiliar with our way of doing business. If we use our collective voice, we can ensure our cooperatives will endure. Let your elected officials know the cooperative family is united and deserves to be represented fairly. Join the “Our Energy Our Future” campaign online at Rally your cooperative neighbors to ensure our mission will be sustained. Our grandparents and greatgrandparents started this thing. It is up to us to keep it going.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Watauga County’s Landfill Gas-To-Energy Project for excellence in innovation and for achieving environmental and economic benefits. Watauga County’s 186-kilowatt pilot project generates electricity by burning methane-rich gas extracted from a small, once-closed landfill in Boone. It creatively employs two retrofitted automotive internal combustion engines, and, according to the EPA, this technology had previously been used only to destroy methane from coal mine gas. The project was among seven in the U.S. recognized at the EPA’s annual Landfill Methane Outreach Program Conference, held Jan. 29–31. The county enlisted help from many local sources. Appalachian State University’s Energy Center assisted with project management support, including student and faculty research and waste heat utilization design. Blue Ridge Electric, one of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, also provided technical assistance from the project’s earliest stages. “Our staff has provided many services, including helping the county develop a test plan, commissioning the unit and making sure everything is working properly,” said Mike High, director of engineering services at the co-op. In particular, Blue Ridge Electric’s engineering manager Ralph Seamon spent much time serving in a technical advisor capacity, from the project’s start-up to seeing it successfully operational, High added.

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Watauga County’s gas-to-energy landfill project wins EPA award

Watauga County burns methane-rich gas, extracted from a landfill, in two retrofitted automotive engines to generate electricity. The county began the endeavor as a voluntary effort in 2005 — now the internationally acclaimed project hosts visitors from as far away as Brazil and Eastern Europe. It sells its electricity to Duke Energy and green power credits to NC GreenPower. Over its life, the project is expected to provide the county an annual profit of up to $72,000 and reduce landfill electricity costs by up to 80 percent. —Karen Olson House

Supporting Hoops 4 Hope and cancer research For the past eight years, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have supported “Hoops 4 Hope,” a breast cancer awareness and fundraising event. The stands were awash in pink on Feb. 17 as 8,000 fans packed Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh to watch the N.C State women’s basketball team take on Georgia Tech. (State lost 79–70). At halftime, breast cancer survivors gathered and were recognized in a tribute on the Kay Yow court, named in honor of the former N.C. State guard Marissa Kastanek in her Wolfpack women’s coach who lost pink uniform supporting the Hoops 4 Hope her battle with breast cancer in event in February. 2009. More than $70,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund was raised through ticket sales, a silent auction and Walk 4 Kay (at which participants walked on treadmills next to their favorite N.C. State celebrities). For more information and to learn how you can help, visit

Beware of magazine subscription scam Carolina Country recently heard from an electric co-op member who received a phone call asking her to pay to renew her subscription to Carolina Country. Members should ignore any phone calls asking them to renew or pay for Carolina Country. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives subscribe to Carolina Country in order to send their members monthly news and information about their cooperative. The magazine and its co-op information sections are part of the co-op’s business and mission to keep members informed. Individuals who are not co-op members may subscribe to Carolina Country for $10 per year. Renewal reminders are sent to those subscribers by U.S. Mail.

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By Jim Dulley

For a typical family of four, water heating can account for about 20 percent of its annual utility bills. Using solar energy to heat your water can reduce your water heating bill, but it’s good to know your options first to determine the best system for your home. Don’t expect a solar water heating system to cut water heating costs to zero. A target savings of 50 percent often provides a good economic payback. The two basic types of solar water heating systems are “active” and “passive.” Active systems require a storage tank, electric pumps and controls to function. Sometimes 12-volt pumps can be powered by a photovoltaic solar panel located near the solar water heating collectors on the roof. In cold climates, the system has to include some type of antifreeze working fluid and heat exchanger so it does not freeze at night during winter. Other systems that circulate the actual potable water through the collector need a draining system to empty the collectors at night during winter. Passive water heating systems rely on the natural upward flow of less-dense warm water to move the water through the solar collector. In these systems, the warm water storage tank is located above the solar collector — usually on the roof or in the attic, so these systems have structural considerations. They are less expensive than more sophisticated active systems but they tend to be less efficient, especially during cold weather. There are many types of solar collector designs. The best one for your house depends on your climate, your hot water requirements, and your budget. They can be as simple as black copper tubes in an insulated box with a glass top to ones with vacuum tubes, concentrating reflectors, and heat pipe technology. If you are thinking of building your own system, I suggest a passive system unless you are an accomplished craftsman. Trying to build an active system — with collectors on the roof, plumbing and control systems, and storage tanks — is beyond the skill level of most do-it-yourselfers. (I am a design mechanical engineer, and I don’t think I could build an active system myself from scratch.) Consider building a passive “batch” system. It’s a preheater for your existing water heater, with the simplest design called a “breadbox.” It uses a horizontal metal water tank inside a box with a clear top. The sun shines through to heat the

This do-it-yourself solar water heating kit uses a batch design to preheat incoming cold water. water. Another slightly more efficient option uses a tall box tilted at an angle to face the sun. This allows the warmer water to be drawn first from the top of the tank. If you are getting an active system, in general look for an OG-300 rating from the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation ( and a knowledgeable, qualified contractor for installation. Look for contractors certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners ( And check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency ( for local incentives on installing a solar water heating system, in addition to the federal tax credit — be sure to review specific program requirements on system types, sizing, certifications, installers, and the like to make sure your new system qualifies.


Send inquiries to James Dulley, Carolina Country, 6906 Royalgreen Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45244 or visit

For more information, see these resources: (includes a directory of installers and a calculator to estimate the performance of solar water heaters and PV systems) (basic graphics that describe various designs) (has links to other resources) The following companies offer solar kits and components: Alternative Energy Store (877) 211-8192 Build It Solar Solar Components (603) 668-8186

Can you help others save energy?

Send your conservation ideas or questions to us: P.O. Box 27306, Raleigh, NC 27611, or E-mail: Carolina Country April 2013 9

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Between the Lines Explaining the business of your electric cooperative

Today’s electric utility landscape


hanges are occurring in the electric utility industry that are affecting the price consumers pay for electricity. Because your cooperative is committed to keeping you informed and engaging you in the business that you own, the following overview may help you understand some of the issues facing your cooperative. Factors influencing the cost of producing and distributing electricity in the U.S. and North Carolina today include:

■■ Government regulations

■■ Economic trends

■■ Aging infrastructure

■■ Technology and changing

■■ Shifting sources of


consumer expectations

Regulations Recent and expected environmental regulations will likely cause the industry to close about 25 percent of the nation’s coal-fired power plants. And the remaining coal-fired plants will require upgrades to allow cleaner methods for producing electric power. For the past several decades, the U.S. has relied on coal to produce about 50 percent its electricity. Today, that reliance has declined to about 36 percent. Regulations also affect the location and construction of new power plants — nuclear, fossil-fueled and renewable energy plants — as well as new transmission infrastructure. Energy sources Shifting from coal dependence has seen utilities turn to domestic sources of natural gas, including an increasing tapping of shale gas. Shale gas now comprises about 40 percent of the natural gas used in the U.S. As a result, most of the new generating plants that have gone online are powered by natural gas. In addition, many states, including North Carolina, require electric utilities to increase the role that renewable energy sources play in their overall power supply portfolio. Like cooperatives nationwide, North Carolina’s co-ops continue adding to their power source mix energy from solar, hydroelectric and wind sources, even though, in many cases, the cost of that energy remains higher than traditional sources. And new generating plants in the planning stages will require upgraded and new transmission infrastructure for delivering power to where it’s needed. Economic trends Improved efficiency in appliances and technology, combined with higher consumer awareness of energy consumption, has resulted in a declining rate in the demand for electricity compared to past patterns of growth. The recent economic recession in the U.S. also has contributed to a slower pace in growth overall, which has meant a slower growth of the “load” that electric utilities serve. While the slower pace has reduced pressure to build new generating plants, utilities must still maintain existing facilities and distribution while planning for future growth.

Natural gas powers this North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. electricity plant in Anson County that supplies peak-load power to some of its member cooperatives.

New technology Cooperatives and other utilities are embracing new technology that will not only produce power differently but also will deliver it more effectively and efficiently. Emerging generating technology ranges from small nuclear-powered facilities to those run by biomass and other renewable fuels. New battery technology will allow more efficient storage of energy. And improvements in lighting, HVAC and appliances in general are ushering in new patterns of energy usage. At the same time, technological advancements require greater security in production and distribution systems themselves. Utilities are actively involved in protecting the facilities, the technology and the information employed in providing electric power. Consumer expectations and involvement As we depend more and more on technology to accompany our daily lives and run our businesses, electric utilities must rise to the challenge not only to power consumers’ lifestyles with a reliable and safe supply of electricity, but also to bring consumers themselves into the act of managing energy use. Modernized grid technology, consumer awareness of energy efficiency, and more localized power sources all have allowed consumers to become more involved. While these developments all contribute to an environment of rising costs in the electric utility industry, they also have inspired your electric cooperative to focus on effectively managing and controlling its own costs without compromising reliability, quality and safety. Electric utilities always have been expert at forecasting future requirements, and that has not changed. In many areas, today’s technology and training has even improved the planning aspect of the business.


This is the eighth in a series produced by the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives.

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early 9,000 representatives of the nation’s electric cooperatives and allied organizations set policy, discussed issues affecting their business, learned about industry technology, and elected and honored leaders during their annual meetings held in New Orleans in February. The setting hosted annual meetings of national organizations that serve financial, insurance, branding, technology and other electric cooperative interests In his final speech to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 71st annual meeting, CEO Glenn English, who retired after 19 years at the helm, reminded co-op managers, directors and staffers that they’re in charge of more than wires and poles. They are heirs, he said, to a cause that has enriched lives and communities for more than 75 years. “There are many battles ahead,” he said. “You can win those battles if you engage your members and build the loyalty that is the foundation of political strength. You can win those battles if you ask them to help out and point out to them what is at stake.” As the meeting drew to a close, NRECA’s incoming CEO Jo Ann Emerson spoke about the enthusiasm and understanding she brings to the job. [See page 4.] At well-attended forums during the three-day convention, participants heard discussions on effective board management, rural broadband, empowering members, the 113th Congress, and the future of power supply. North Carolina’s own Erskine Bowles, addressing the Cooperative Finance Corporation’s meeting, unveiled the Campaign to Fix the Debt ( “We created this mess,” he said. “We have the responsibility to clean it up.” Five areas needing most attention, he said, are too much health care spending, disproportional defense spending, an

Top left: North Carolina’s Erskine Bowles, a keynote speaker, prescribed ways to fix national debt problems. Bottom left: Randolph EMC board member Del Cranford of Asheboro presided at his final annual meeting as president of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. Right: Alexandria Loflin of Davidson County opened the first session of the NRECA annual meeting by delivering the invocation. EnergyUnited sponsored her on the Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington. inefficient tax code, insufficient planning for Social Security, and compound interest on the debt. His remarks drew rave reviews, even though he prefaced them with his description of what it was like to run the UNC system for five years: “It’s like standing in a cemetery. There are lots of people under you but nobody’s listening.” Among North Carolina participants in the spotlight were Roanoke Electric’s CEO Curtis Wynn, NRECA board member; Randolph EMC’s CEO Dale Lambert, Legislative Committee; Pee Dee EMC’s CEO Donnie Spivey, Regulatory Committee; Union Power Cooperative’s David Gross and Jeremy Black discussing using GPS technology to see and analyze operations; Wake EMC’s Matt Vernon discussing the use of mobile app technology; Wake EMC’s Don Bowman discussing distribution automation; and Tom Laing of N.C. Electric Membership Corp. discussing consumermember preferences and behavior. Wake EMC’s CEO James E. Mangum, a board member of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, was elected to fill an unexpired term on the board of the National Information Solutions Cooperative that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for cooperatives.


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I remember Easter Sundays at Maw Maw and Paw Paw Peeler’s farm in Lincolnton. Zola and Richard Peeler, my daddy’s parents, had the most magical home place. Momma usually made our dresses after going to the Dime Store and purchasing a few yards of fabric, rickrack and lace. Our recycled baskets were filled with jelly beans, a chocolate bunny and the hard-boiled eggs Momma cooked and helped us color with food coloring. Our cousins came over, and we would try to see who had the hardest eggs by cracking each others’ eggs. We would always lose because the cousins used guinea eggs, which are very hard. The most fun was finding the eggs. We would take off running and looking among the buttercups, the clover, the porch swing or the chinaberry tree. We played barefoot in the chicken coop, grainery, barn loft or wood shed. My sisters and I wo Sitting on the porch, Maw Maw wore a floral cotton dress and apron and re matching Easter dresses, bonnets an would spit snuff into a can. Paw Paw wore overalls and talked about the crops d patent leather sh oes. Libbie is on the left and the weather. I can still hear the slamming of the screen door as all us with Loni, the oldes t and our protector in th young’ns ran in and out. e middle. Debbe Peeler Scrance, Vale, Rutherford EMC

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My five daughters were raised in the frozen bush of Alaska where I was a teacher for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in isolated villages. Easter, however late in the spring, was always cold. When they were preschoolers, we hid a precious few dyed eggs that we ordered airfreight at great expense. So most of the hidden treasures were the candy variety placed on bookshelves, behind chair legs and in houseplants around our quarters. My youngest daughter remembers her kindergarten Easter egg hunt where a variety of bright candy eggs, large and small, were hidden in the crannies of ice chunks and snowdrifts along the edge of the hard-packed, icy dirt village landing strip. But their enthusiasm was equal to my own memories as they found eggs and filled their homemade construction paper basket.

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April 8Want 8 to try some kitchen chemistry in the veggie patch? When setting pepper plantlets out, place five unburnt match heads in each planting hole. The sulfur, phosphorus and other elements from the matches help develop stronger plants, which, in turn, produce more peppers. 8If 8 your house cactus, African violet or amaryllis has become root-bound in its container, don’t repot — the cramped quarters will encourage blooming. 8Placing 8 a rain gauge in the garden adds more precision to your decisions to water plants this spring and summer. 8Nesting 8 activity will be at the max this month, so, while filling the bird feeder regularly, also include some 3-inch long pieces of string or yarn to help with nest-building.


Sing a song of Solomon’s seal By L.A. Jackson “Graceful” is the word that best describes Solomon’s seal, a pendulous, deer-resistant perennial that can add three-season interest to a shady garden. In the spring, its rows of bell-shaped, light green to white flowers delightfully dangle in pairs underneath the arching limbs, which, even when not in flower, bring elegance to the summer garden. In the summer, blue, fleshy berries hang below the curved branches, and then, the foliage salutes the coming autumn by turning a pleasing butter yellow. This pretty plant gets its name from the round scars on the rhizomes at a point just above ground where the stems originate. The scars are swirls of lines, which with some imagination, do resemble the wax seals ancient nobility such as King Solomon would have used to authenticate documents. “Solomon’s seal” is a collective name for over 60 species growing in North America, Asia and Europe. One of the more common, the native

Polygonatum biflorum inhabits the woodlands of North Carolina as well as other parts of the eastern United States, and makes a flowing statement in cultivated gardens with pendulous branches reaching up to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. If a shady nook is in need of some “Yipes! Stripes!” the widely available variegated Solomon’s seal (P. odoratum ‘Variegatum’) is the answer. Of similar stature and form as our native Solomon’s seal, this Eurasian import has cream-colored streaks along the lengths of each leaf, which help to break up the sea of green common in southern shade gardens. In ideal growing conditions, a storebought Solomon’s seal will slowly colonize to form masses of arching, eye-catching plants. Such conditions include an acidic, rich medium with a strong organic base to help retain an even supply of moisture and a site located in part to full shade.

8Concerned 8 about sowing pinheadsized seeds too thickly? Mix them with a little sand, pour into an unused salt shaker, and sprinkle the seeds into their proper place in the garden. 8Annuals 8 such as zinnias, salvias and petunias can become long and lanky, but pinching the plants back when they are about 6 to 8 inches tall will encourage bushier growth. 8Water 8 is critical for garden-grown onions and cucumbers. If not watered regularly, onions won’t mature to their proper, plump size, and cukes will develop a bitter taste. 8When 8 planting tomatoes, take advantage of the warm soil close to the surface (which induces strong root growth) by setting the plantlets parallel to the ground in wellworked trenches rather than in deep holes, and burying all but the upper 4 inches of each plant.


L.A. Jackson is the former editor of Carolina Gardener Magazine. If you would like to ask him a question about your garden, contact L.A. at:

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Known For: Author, educator, philanthropist About: The author of numerous hiking books and trail guides, Allen de Hart grew up exploring woods near his dairy farm home. After moving to North Carolina in the 1950s, he and his wife began turning their land into a beautiful botanical garden, eventually adding trails, benches, bridges, stone steps and signs labeling flora and fauna. They also kept buying surrounding acreage. Last spring, the former professor of history and psychology donated his family’s 91-acre de Hart Botanical Gardens and estate to Louisburg College, where he taught for 52 years. This year he donated the other de Hart Botanical Gardens, a 172-acre wilderness preserve near his Virginia mountains birthplace, to his alma mater, Ferrum College. The energetic preservationist also founded Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a nonprofit organization that designs, constructs and maintains North Carolina’s longest trail. De Hart, 86, lives at his home at the Louisburg gardens, and still oversees garden upkeep.

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The exhibit features a plaque with fragments of Apollo 11 mission moon rocks that President Richard Nixon presented to Gov. Bob Scott and his family.

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Allen de Hart has hiked more than 57,000 miles in U.S. states and foreign countries, most often pushing a wheel to measure trail distance.

Once relatively powerless positions, the roles of governor (and first spouse) have evolved dramatically over time. An exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh explores more than 200 years of gubernatorial history, featuring portraits, photographs and personal clothing as well as artifacts ranging from an inkwell that Gov. Zebulon Vance used during the Civil War to fragments of Apollo 11 moon rocks presented to Gov. Bob Scott in 1969. Visitors also learn about First Lady contributions such as Dottie Martin’s Wildflower Program, a highway beautification program that continues today. There’s also a special section on campaigns and voting practices. “Leading the State: North Carolina’s Governors” runs through Sunday, April 28. (919) 807-7900 or or Facebook.

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Range hoods have several purposes. The recirculation type does only one thing: it collects grease from cooking and deposits it on the filter. This is a good and useful thing as long as you clean the filter. If you do a lot of frying, you’ll need to clean the filter a lot more often than if you don’t. A vented range hood does several more things for you. Cooking and baking put “stuff ” into the air in your house. What kind of stuff? Well, moisture, for one thing. A little extra moisture isn’t necessarily a bad thing, particularly in the winter if your house tends to get very dry. But too much moisture can cause condensation on windows and walls and ceilings, which can lead to mold and mildew and, in extreme cases, rot. This usually takes a number of years to show up. For most of us, a little mold or mildew is no big deal. After all, we live in North Carolina and are surrounded by a zillion kinds of mold every time we step outside. But for some of us, especially those with asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems, mold in the house can be a very big deal and can make us very sick. In addition to moisture, baking can emit fine and ultra-fine particles of ash and other pollutants when the stuff that spilled in the oven burns — again, probably no big deal for most of us — but a real problem for some folks with compromised respiratory function. Small particle pollution has been linked to heart disease as well. If you have a gas range, like I do, there are some other things to worry


My brother, who tends to be a “know-it-all,” was visiting and told me our range hood is the recirculation type, and that I need to replace it with one that vents to the outside. I never paid much attention to it, but since my son was diagnosed with asthma, I’ve been noticing range hoods wherever I go and asking my friends what they have. Most people I know have the recirculation kind, and they seem to work fine. Is this really a problem?


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There is not good research on how big a problem this is. Clearly, you and your neighbors aren’t falling over dead because you have a non-vented range hood. But just as clearly, some folks are being made sick. If you can save one ER visit for an asthmatic child, or reduce the amount of medication he has to take, you can pay for the vented range hood very quickly. In a rational world, your health insurance would pay for switching out the range hood. It would save the insurance company money, it would save you money, and your son would probably feel better. But I’m not holding my breath waiting for that one.


Arnie Katz is the former building science consultant for Advanced Energy in Raleigh.

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cup all-purpose flour cup plain bread crumbs Pinch of garlic powder Pinch of paprika teaspoon kosher salt teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper large eggs, lightly beaten pound chicken tenders or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½ inch strips Buffalo Hot Sauce ¾ cup hot sauce 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 to 2 cups bottled blue cheese dressing 3 celery stalks, cut into 3-inch pieces Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil spray. Combine the flour, bread crumbs, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a resealable plastic bag. Close the bag and shake thoroughly. Place the beaten eggs in a shallow bowl. Dip the chicken tenders into the egg, shaking off any extra. Put the chicken tenders into the flour mixture, close the bag and shake thoroughly to coat. Thread the chicken onto the skewers. Arrange the skewers in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, then turn the skewers over and bake for 7 to 8 minutes more or until chicken juices run clear. Makes 8 to 10 servings. While the chicken is cooking, combine the hot sauce, butter and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir well. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Brush both sides of the chicken with the Buffalo Hot Sauce. Return the chicken to the oven and bake for 3 minutes more. Serve with the blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

Recipes from “In the Kitchen with David” David Venable grew up in Charlotte and hosts a popular TV show, “In the Kitchen with David,” on the QVC channel. He dedicates his book by the same name to his mother in Charlotte who, along with his grandmothers, taught him to love cooking and eating. The recipes and advice in the book focus on “comfort foods that take you home.” The book is 271 pages, with lots of photos, in hardcover. Published by Ballentine Books, it’s $30 in bookstores.

3 cups cooked and shredded chicken ½ cup diced celery ½ cup peeled and diced apple ¼ cup dried cherries ¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional) 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion 4 to 6 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice ¼ teaspoon dry mustard Kosher salt ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


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Combine the chicken, celery, apple, cherries, pecans and red onion in a large bowl. Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice and mustard in a small bowl. Season with salt and the pepper. Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the chicken mixture and toss until the chicken is evenly coated. Sprinkle with the parsley before serving. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

From Your Kitchen Amazing Brownies 2 boxes fudge brownie mix (for a 9-by-13inch pan) 5 ounces vegetable oil 1 cup whipping cream 3 large eggs 1½ cups of chopped nuts 6 Hershey bars (6 or 8 bars) or candy bars of your choice

Chocolate Icing 1 stick melted butter 5 tablespoons milk 2½ tablespoons cocoa 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 box confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Combine above ingredients except Hershey bars until well mixed. Spread half of this batter into a 9-by-13-inch greased pan. Top with Hershey bars. Spoon the remaining batter on top of the candy bars. Bake 40 to 60 minutes. Chocolate Icing Mix together and microwave for 1 minute. Pour over hot brownies. (This make a lot of icing, so you can cut the recipe if you want.)

This recipe comes from Angela Tate of Kernersville.

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Contributors whose recipes are published will receive $25. We retain reprint rights for all submissions. Recipes submitted are not necessarily entirely original. Include your name, address, phone number (for questions), and the name of your electric cooperative. Mail to: Carolina Country Kitchen, P.O. Box 27306, Raleigh, NC 27611 or E-mail to:

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More director voting options, reminder of annual meeting change Overwhelmingly positive response by members the past few years to vote by mail and Internet in director elections has led Blue Ridge Electric to continue offering these options to members in the upcoming director election this May. Members have also been very positive in changing the Annual Meeting format to help control costs and therefore, the new business format will continue this year. Members will receive the Annual Meeting notice and director election kit in May. Members are strongly encouraged to visit the website provided in the kit to vote by Internet to help further control costs. However, members can choose to make their director selections on the proxy form provided and vote by mail if preferred. Finally, members also have the option to vote during the Annual Meeting. The success of offering more convenient, modern ways for members to participate in director elections helped Blue Ridge Electric staff realize an opportunity to meet another very important goal: saving members money with a new business style Annual Meeting format. This year’s Annual Meeting will continue with a strictly business meeting format. The cooperative is holding the meeting in its corporate office meeting room in Lenoir on Thursday, June 13, beginning at 7 p.m. Key board and staff members will report on business results and director elections will be announced. By changing the meeting format, savings to date have exceeded $150,000 through eliminating costs for food, facility rentals including chairs, tables, sound, and other items, registration prizes, entertainment and employee labor. Historically, the primary reason for the Annual Meeting was to give members the opportunity to elect their board of directors and learn about important cooperative matters. Since the cooperative added options to vote by mail and Internet, thousands more members now vote in director elections than when the only option was to attend the Annual Meeting. Thank you for participating in your director elections. Carolina Country April 2013 29

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As this year’s election approaches in May, we’re pleased to continue offering new and convenient ways for you to vote for your directors by mail or Internet. You’ve sent a clear signal the past few years that it’s now easier than ever to participate in this important responsibility: up to 9,000 members are now voting annually using these methods. Previously, only members who could attend the Annual Meeting had the opportunity to vote ― typically around 800 members ― so we’re very pleased more members are now able to participate in director elections. While members may still vote during the Annual Meeting, overwhelming member response to vote by mail and Internet has also presented the opportunity for your cooperative to further benefit members by reducing the scale and costs associated with this event. Providing members with the opportunity to vote in director elections as well as hear updates were the primary reasons to hold annual meetings in the past. However, time, distance and cost of driving across our seven-county service area deterred most members from attending past meetings. Only a small percentage regularly attended the Annual Meeting, but the country fair style of past meetings came with a cost that needed to be reevaluated.



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Voting by Internet saves more!

We’re still committed to keeping a personal touch with members through avenues such as Member Advisory Committees and our local offices. We will also keep in touch with you through this newsletter and tools such as our website, social media and email. While we’ve modernized our voting system and Annual Meeting, you can still attend and vote during the Annual Meeting. However, the Annual Meeting is now strictly a business meeting format where financial reports and announcement of director elections are provided. This information will also be available within our website, member newsletter, and annual report.

When your director election kit arrives in May, a website will be listed where you can view director bios and quickly cast your vote. Please consider this convenient voting alternative to help reduce return postage costs and save your cooperative even more. After all, these savings benefit you our members!

As we strive to hold down costs for members, we hope you support our efforts to reduce costs without sacrificing member service, reliability or our involvement in local communities. Most of all, we hope when you receive your director election kit in May that you take a few minutes to vote for your directors by mail or Internet. It’s one of the most important ― and easiest ― ways to participate in your cooperative!


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More News New copper theft law Copper theft across the nation has cost utilities and consumers thousands of dollars and poses safety hazards for thieves as well as innocent bystanders, but a new law is designed to help address the problem. North Carolina’s new copper theft law that took effect late last year prohibits metal recyclers from paying cash for copper brought to them by a seller. This can help reduce copper theft because thieves typically have a goal of quickly selling copper to get cash they use for purchasing methamphetamines and other illegal drugs.


The new law also requires recyclers to take photographs of sellers with the metals they are selling and record information about the make, model, year, color and license plate number of the vehicle used to deliver the metals. This gives law enforcement officials a way to identify and prosecute copper thieves.

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A recent survey conducted by the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives showed that electric cooperatives in our state suffered more than $1 million in damage as a result of copper. While this problem is expensive for cooperatives and their members, the most serious threat is to safety. Our substations are marked with warning signs alerting the public to keep out due to danger. If a thief leaves access into a substation, a child or other community member could wander in and be seriously injured or even killed. Since the new law took effect, Blue Ridge Electric has experienced a reduction in copper theft in its substations. As an additional step, your cooperative has installed surveillance monitoring systems in substations to further deter thieves. Blue Ridge also asks community members who notice any suspicious activity around substations, power poles, storage sites and other electric utility property to call the cooperative or 911.

Service inspections To ensure you receive the most reliable electricity possible, we perform regular or periodic service inspections that sometime include the need to be on member’s property. However, we do not require entry to your home. Our service technicians will have identification and vehicles that are clearly marked to include the Blue Ridge Electric name and logo. Our check includes inspecting the meter, service wiring, potential tree issues, and other things that could affect the quality of your electric service from the transformer to the meter. These inspections are in accordance with the reliability requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code to help ensure you receive reliable electricity.

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~For Members of Blue Ridge Electric

Self-help telephone service is growing! CORPORATE OFFICE PO Box 112 • Lenoir, NC 28645

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Doug Johnson EDITOR Renée R. Whitener PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Susan Simmons DISTRICT OFFICES Caldwell (828) 754-9071 Watauga (828) 264-8894 Ashe (336) 846-7138 Alleghany (336) 372-4646 Wilkes (800) 451-5474 (800) 448-2383 PowerLine® (PowerLine® is an automated account information and outage reporting system.) Toll Free 1 (800) 451-5474 (for members outside the service area)

Our member “self-help” telephone services are so friendly, fast and easy to use, members are choosing this option at record high levels! While Blue Ridge Electric is committed to always having a person available to serve you when you call, if you prefer we also work to make your life easier by offering fast, efficient automated telephone service options. Approximately 30 percent of members are taking advantage of telephone self-help options each month. What are your self-help options? At any hour of the day or night, every day of the year, you can do the following by telephone: • Pay your bill by check, debit or credit card (Press 7). Even FlexPay members can pay on their account with this option! Just have your account or phone number handy. • Extend your payment due date (Press 8) • Account information (Press 8) • General Blue Ridge Electric information such as office locations and website address (Press 9) • Report an outage (Press 6) And never fear! If needed, you can always reach a member services representative if you prefer by staying on the line! Finally, to ensure you receive the best member service by phone, please let us know if your telephone number or address changes so that our automated system can identify and assist you quickly.

To report an outage at any time, call one of the numbers listed above. OFFICE HOURS 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday Night deposit available. Visit us on the Web:

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Be sure to place the faucet lever on your kitchen sink in the cold water position when using small amounts of water. Placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet. Also, use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and uses less energy. - Energy Savers, U.S. Department of Energy

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Mountains (west of I-77) Voca People Musical theatre April 9, Morganton (828) 433-7469

Spring Craft, Art & Food Show April 19–20, Hildebran (828) 397-5801 Lincoln Festival April 20, Bostic (828) 245-9800

Spring Homeschool Day April 10, Chimney Rock (800) 277-9611

Baby Goat Day April 20, Burnsville (828) 675-4856

David Holt & Josh Goforth Folklore stories & music April 12, West Jefferson (336) 846-2787

Spring Wildflower Walk April 20, Chimney Rock State Park (800) 277-9611

Shelter & Fire Building Survival skills workshop April 13, Chimney Rock (800) 277-9611

101 Years of Broadway April 20, Spindale (828) 286-9990 Flea Market April 20–21, Carthage (910) 528-4312

Spring Soiree April 13, Lenoir (828) 754-6262 Marina Alexandra On Guitar April 13, Lake Lure (828) 625-4683

Marvelous Wonderettes About four girls and senior prom April 25, West Jefferson (336) 846-2787

Spring Birding April 14, Chimney Rock Park (800) 277-9611

Lunch With Author Pamela Duncan April 25, Lake Lure (828) 625-2525

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Spring Fling & 5K Toga Run April 27, Lake Lure (828) 625-9292

Art Crawl April 19, Statesville (704) 878-3436


Spring Garden Show April 26–27, Asheville (828) 551-6738


Arts On The Square April 27, Shelby (704) 487-0256

Wildflower Walk & Plant Sale April 27, Boone (828) 773-3855 Earth Day Flea Market April 27, Black Mountain (828) 779-2856 Buzz On Bees April 27, Chimney Rock State Park (800) 277-9611 Bechtler House Museum Tour April 28, Rutherfordton (828) 287-1220 Ongoing Street Dance Monday nights, Hendersonville (828) 693-9708 Guided House Tours Wednesday–Saturdays (828) 724-4948




Listing Deadlines: For June: April 25 For July: May 25

Visitors can enjoy vibrant blooms and purchase plants from vendors at the Wildflower Walk & Plant Sale in Boone. It will be held Saturday, April 27, at Daniel Boone Native Gardens. Call (828) 264-6390 or visit

Submit Listings Online: Visit www.carolina­ and click “Carolina Adventures” to add your event to the magazine and/or our website. Or e-mail

Bluegrass Music Jam Thursdays, Marion (828) 652-2215 Titanic Authors Week Museum attraction April 1–7, Pigeon Forge, TN (800) 381-7670

Piedmont (between I-77 & I-95) Civil War Days April 2–5, Fayetteville (910) 483-5311 Spring Break Scavenger Hunt April 2–6, Fayetteville (910) 433-1457 aspx Uncle Eli’s Quilting Party & Exhibits April 4, Eli Whitney (919) 259-8510 Preschool Drama Hour April 4, Mount Airy (336) 786-7998 Paint The Night Away April 5, Mount Airy (336) 786-7998 Vintage Photo & Postcard Day Fayetteville-area images April 6, Fayetteville (910) 433-1457 aspx Old Time Dance April 6, Mount Airy (336) 786-7998

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Ricky Skaggs Concert April 12, Fayetteville (910) 323-1991

Rotary Auction for Education April 18–20, Lincolnton (704) 732-0867

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Antique Power & Tractor Show April 12–13, Benson (919) 934-7584

Young At Art With Kayla Ellis April 19, Mount Airy (336) 786-7998

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Military Vehicle & Surplus Show April 12–13, Denton (336) 859-2755

Play: Winnie The Pooh April 19–21 & 26–28, Fayetteville (910) 678-0042

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Farm Show & Festival Union County Ag Center April 13–14, Monroe (704) 272-7502

Play: “And then came tomorrow…” April 19–21 & 26–28, Fayetteville (910) 672-1006

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Downtown Arts & Crafts Show April 13, Hillsborough (919) 942-6410

Tartan Day April 6, Greensboro (336) 288-6887 Skirmishes & Shortages: NC in 1863 April 6, Fayetteville (910) 486-1330 Female Jazz Group April 6, Fayetteville (910) 672-1006 Down East Walk To defeat Lou Gehrig’s Disease April 6, Greenville (877) 568-4347, ext. 221 Cape Fear New Music Festival April 6–7, Fayetteville (910) 630-7100 King of Diamonds Concert Tribute to Neil Diamond, Elvis April 7, Asheboro (336) 629-4369

Quartet For End of Time Holocaust Remembrance Day April 7, Fayetteville (910) 433-4690 Free Afternoon at Schiele Museum April 9, Gastonia (704) 866-6923 Kids Exchange Consignment Sale April 10–13, Fayetteville (910) 438-4100 Medicine, The Disabled & Road To Holocaust Lecture April 11, Fayetteville (910) 486-1474 Union Power’s Bluegrass Festival Award-winning bands, family fun April 11–13, Oakboro (704) 985-6987 Spring Concert April 12, Fayetteville (910) 486-0221


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Convicts At Large Lecture April 13, Mount Airy (336) 786-7998

Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona April 20, Yadkinville (336) 679-2941

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20th Anniversary Charity Gala April 13, Lincolnton (704) 732-0867

Studio Tour & Kiln Openings April 20–21, Seagrove (336) 517-7272

Masterpieces April 13, Fayetteville (910) 433-4690

Lizzie Lane’s Colonial Tea April 21, Raleigh (919) 833-3431

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Pottery Festival April 13–14, Seagrove (336) 873-7887

Murder & Mayhem Storytelling April 22, Monroe (704) 283-8184

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Civil War Reenactment April 13–14, Huntersville (704) 875-2312

Jim Quick & Coastline Concert April 25, Mount Airy (336) 786-7998

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Lakeland Cares For John 3:16 Gospel fundraiser April 14, Littleton (252) 586-3124

Wounding & Death of Stonewall Jackson Sesquicentennial program April 25, Fayetteville (910) 486-1330

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A Day of Blood: The 1898 Race Riot April 14, Fayetteville (910) 486-1330 International Whistlers Convention April 17–21, Louisburg (919) 496-4771 Cyber Bullying April 18, Fayetteville (910) 630-7157

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North Tower Band April 26, Mount Airy (336) 786-7998 Cherry Blossom Festival Featuring antique truck/car show April 26–27, Cherryville (704) 435-3451 Musical: Ann Of Green Gables April 26–28, Littleton (252) 586-3124

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Clenny Creek Day Crafts, food, music, demonstrations April 20, Carthage (910) 692-2051

Movie: Gone With The Wind April 13, Yadkinville (336) 679-2941

The 40th Anniversary of the International Whistlers Convention will take place at Louisburg College, Franklin County, April 17-21. Many events are free. For more information, go to or call (919) 496-4771.

The Carolina Travelers April 20, Mount Airy (336) 786-7998

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Dogwood Festival April 26–28, Fayetteville (910) 323-1934

Scratching The Surface Art Show Through April 21, Hillsborough (919) 732-5001

Earth Day Celebration April 27, Gastonia (704) 866-6923

Sculpture, Photography Exhibit Through April 28, Raleigh (919) 513-0946

The Entertainers Band April 27, Mount Airy (336) 786-7998

Jewelry, Paintings Show April 29–May 26, Hillsborough (919) 732-5001

Springfest April 27, Warrenton (252) 257-1122

Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina Prize–winning photographer’s images Through April 28, 2013, Raleigh (919) 807-7900

Quilt Show April 28, Cedar Grove (919) 732-4841 Ongoing Maness Pottery & Music Barn Dinner, music, fellowship Tuesday nights, Midway (910) 948-4897 Durham Civil War Roundtable Third Thursdays, Durham (919) 643-0466 Art After Hours Second Fridays, Wake Forest (919) 570-0765 Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) Appearance at Andy Griffith Museum Third Fridays, Mount Airy (336) 786-7998 Arts Councils’ Fourth Friday Fayetteville (910) 483-5311 E. A. Poe’s Pottery Through April 20, Fayetteville (910) 433-1457 Chili Cook-off April 20, Stokesdale (336) 932-9569 Jewish Community History Through April 21, Fayetteville (910) 433-1457 Anne Frank Exhibits, Events Through April 21, Fayetteville (910) 323-1776 Race Riot of 1898 Through April 21, Fayetteville (910) 486-1330

Big Bird’s Adventure, SpacePark360 Planetarium programs Through April, Rocky Mount (252) 972-1167 America & Nazi Book Burnings Through May 22, Fayetteville (910) 483-7727 Child Labor Photography Through June 1, High Point (336) 883-3022 The Effect Of Gamma Rays Off-Broadway play April 4–April 21, Fayetteville (910) 678-7186 Public Opening & First Fridays Green Hill Center for NC Art April 5–June 2, Greensboro (336) 333-7460 Bluegrass Music Saturdays April 6 - Dec. 31, Mt. Gilead (910) 220-6426 Art Walk April 8–13, Mount Airy (336) 786-7998 Dixie Swim Club Music & theatre April 12–21, Albemarle (704) 983-1020 HerbFest April 19–28, Wake Forest (919) 570-0350 Play: Pride & Prejudice April 19–May 5, Fayetteville (910) 323-4233

Fort Bragg Carnival Fair April 25–May 12, Fayetteville (910) 396-9126

Coast (east of I-95) Nature Trek With Ranger April 2, Swansboro (910) 326-2600

Historic Landmarks Open House April 19, Kill Devil Hills (252) 449-5318 Wench Auction/Benefit April 19, Beaufort (704) 877-1820 Pilgrimage Tour of Homes April 19–20, Edenton (252) 482-8005

Parents Night Out April 5, Swansboro (910) 326-2600 Boogie On Broad April 5, Edenton (252) 562-2740 Easter Musical: Come, Follow Me Auditorium performance April 5, Scotland Neck (252) 826-3152 Spring & Grow Pig Cook-Off & Expo April 5–6, Dublin (910) 862-2576

The Joy of Quilting April 19–20, Elizabeth City (252) 426-5395 Pirate Putt-Putt For Polio April 20, Kill Devil Hills (252) 449-8997 Le Tour de Bogue Banks April 20, Pine Knoll Shores (252) 808-2998 Rocky Hock Opry April 26–27, Edenton (252) 340-3438 TarWheel Century Cycling Tour April 27, Camden (252) 267-3312

Spring Fling Family Fun April 6, Swansboro (910) 326-2600 Cycle NC Spring Retreat April 6–7, Edenton (252) 482-3400

Antique & Collectables Show April 26–27, Washington (252) 975-6309

USAF Heritage Band April 12, Edenton (252) 482-0300


Pat Wictor Concert April 12, New Bern (252) 646-4657

Art Walk First Friday, Elizabeth City (252) 335-5330

In-Water Boat Show April 12–14, Oriental (252) 249-0228

Art Walk First Friday, Greenville (252) 329-4200

Home Tour April 13, Tryon (828) 859-2048

Easter Musical: Come, Follow Me Through April 13, Edenton (252) 482-4621

Pat Wictor Concert April 13, Beaufort (252) 646-4657

Student Art Show Through April 25, Manteo (252) 475-1500

Learn About NC Hurricanes April 18, Swansboro (910) 326-2600

Pamlico Amateur Radio Meeting Third Thursdays, Washington (252) 945-8220

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rom one end to the other, North Carolina is about as diverse as any state in the nation. We’ve got hard gemstones in the west, soft crabs on the coast and red clay in the middle. The tobacco we grow in the mountains is different than what we grow in the east. What we live in, how we drive, what we eat and how we talk varies from one region to another. Our annual Touchstone Energy Travel Guide encourages you to experience this variety firsthand. This year, we offer you six great travel stories about interesting areas in the mountains, Piedmont and coast. The adventures may be familiar to you, or they may not. In any case, each holds the promise for a lot of travel fun. As you make your way through this guide and through the countryside, you can be assured that a Touchstone Energy cooperative is nearby. Thanks to everyone who helped us compile this guide, and to our sponsors: the cooperatives and the advertisers on pages 40 to 44. 38 APRIL 2013 Carolina Country

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Retracing Potter’s Raid A trip through eastern North Carolina countryside that is ever so peaceful 150 years later By Michael E.C. Gery


he Southern war for independence was not going well in eastern North Carolina 150 years ago. Thousands of Yankee troops occupied the river towns of Plymouth, Washington and New Bern and the coastal areas of Roanoke Island, Beaufort and Morehead City. North Carolina’s fighting men were busy in Virginia and South Carolina, and at Gettysburg where in early July some 14,000 Tar Heels fought and nearly 6,000 died. In July 1863, the Yankees at New Bern carried out a wild and crazy raid between there and Rocky Mount. The idea was to damage the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad at Rocky Mount, a lifeline for the food and supplies — as well as whatever made it through the Union naval blockade at MECG

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Wilmington — that eastern North Carolina sent to Confederate forces in Virginia and points north. When you see the railroad today anywhere from Wilmington through Burgaw, Mount Olive, Goldsboro, Wilson, Rocky Mount, Enfield, Halifax and Weldon, think of it as vital to the state’s survival during the Civil War. The forces of Union Brig. Gen. Edward E. Potter’s Raid comprised some 800 men, mostly on horses, some on foot--including both black and white North Carolinians who joined the campaign — soldiers, guides, medics, cooks, news reporters and pack animals carrying four cannons, supplies and ammunition. Following a route that would take us five hours to drive today, they traveled maybe 250 miles all together over ssix si ix days and five nights, ssl slept lep ep maybe 10 hours, and lle eft ft utter wreckage and ill left wi w il in their wake. Only will six ssi ix Yankees died during the tth h raid, some 70 were wounded or captured wo w o went missing, orr w o ent mi en m iss ssin ing, g, aand nd d they brought back tth hey ey b rou ro ug gh htt b ack ack ac

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medical complex). They shook down anyone who looked like they had money, ripped jewelry off women’s bodies, liberated slaves from the jail. As today, they found “some very pretty ladies” who had “secession stamped on every feature,” and visited saloons where they “made ourselves intimate with the interior arrangements.” By 5 p.m., they staggered out of there with lots of money, silver, gold, brandy and other booty. A Confederate later said the raiders “defaced and disfigured” places where “merry throngs of pleasure were wont to repair at eventide” (forerunner of the merry throngs who gather after ECU football games). This would be a good place to spend the rest of the day and night, becoming intimate with the fine cafes, galleries, shops and museums, the Civil War-era Skimmer-Moye House & Grounds. Also, East Carolina University is here. In summer, the town has concerts at the amphitheater on the Town Common. River Park North is a great 324-acre natural area on the north bank of the Tar River. And the Green Mill Run Greenway is a pleasant 3.5-mile trail that takes you into neighborhoods, the university and scenic areas.

Falkland to Rocky Mount During that July 19 Sunday night, Potter’s men, hungover or not, made their way north through Falkland, waking people and ransacking as they went. Today, on and off Hwy. 43, are fine old places that could have been raided 150 years ago. Around midnight, they reached Sparta community (Old Sparta today, near where Hwy. 42 meets Hwy. 33) to cross the Tar and get a few hours rest. At 4 a.m., July 20, Potter sent maybe half his men and a cannon to Rocky Mount to do the deed on the W&W Railroad. They arrived about 8:30 a.m. and did major damage over the next two hours, beginning at the train depot (same area as today’s magnificently restored station) which they burned along with nearby buildings. They interrupted and captured Rebel soldiers at breakfast in the hotel. They moved north and burned the Tar River railroad bridge, then set fire to the massive Rocky Mount Mills (cotton), a flour mill, warehouses, stables, stores, railroad cars, and 37 loaded army wagons. Some

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broke into houses and stole everything they could carry. The buildings around Rocky Mount Mills today sit quietly awaiting what could be a major historic preservation project ( Nearby is the well-maintained Battle Park (named for the mill’s founding family) and the circa 1830 Stonewall Manor. A 3.9-mile Tar River Trail takes you along this proud section of the city. It culminates on one end at Sunset Park (many activities), passes by the once-burned railroad bridge and goes to the Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Rev. King himself spoke at the nearby gym 99 years after the raid. Rocky Mount has come a long way. Confusing as it can be finding your way around, it’s worth checking out the Imperial Centre for Arts and Science, the Sports Complex and Highway Diner.

Tarboro During the July 20 terror in Rocky Mount, Potter’s other contingent that morning terrorized Tarboro, a wealthy town surrounded by productive plantations. They galloped in on West Wilson St. and immediately destroyed many of the places around the town’s elegant Town Common, including cotton warehouses, railroad cars and a partially-built ironclad gunboat. “These fiends and hyenas” pillaged the Masonic Hall, banks and houses, including that of Henry T. Clark, a recent governor. Confederate forces from Fort Branch at Hamilton surprised the Yankees later in the day just east of Tarboro at Daniel’s Schoolhouse (now under I-64), where a two-hour hellfire battle left six bluecoats killed and 18 captured before the rest fled. The Rocky Mount detachment showed up soon, set some fires of their own and moved out. Tarboro soon returned to its civilized ways. You can see the town’s pride in the self-guided tour of its remarkable historic district, including the impressive Blount-Bridgers House and art gallery, Pender museum and the old churchyard cemeteries. A good place to eat is the Classic Diner on E. Pitt St.

On the run The ambush at Daniel’s Schoolhouse sparked in Potter’s men a desire to get back to New Bern right away. Rebels

nd d from Kinston and d aand nd n d elsewhere chased of tthe he w he ay. Th ay T heeiir stung them mostt of way. Their k th tthem hem em — aand nd n d ttheir heir he ir local guides took equipment and a swelling following of slaves riding on stolen mules, wagons and carriages — on back roads, through farms and across small bridges. Some 150 Confederate soldiers ambushed them at Otter Creek Bridge near Falkland, but a local black man directed them to another crossing at a ford. At dawn July 21, they refreshed their horses at Grimsley’s Church north of Snow Hill. Grimsley was (or quickly became) a Union sympathizer whose Greene County plantation house still stands on Hwy. 13 near where Hwy. 903 heads east to Maury. They rode down through Hookerton where Rebels shot at them and burned the bridge over Big Contentnea Creek. So the Yanks turned east and reached Scuffleton (west of Ayden) toward evening, where they again skirmished with Rebels but crossed Little Contentnea Creek. At dawn July 22 in southern Pitt County near Grifton, Confederate infantrymen scattered the tired, sizable party of “contraband” slaves who lagged behind Potter’s Raiders. The Rebels were further delayed when they paused to gather up booty Potter’s men had strewn in the road. Meanwhile Potter’s cavalcade went through Vanceboro, then reached the Neuse at Street’s Ferry where they again fought off attackers. By midnight, Federal gunboats from New Bern arrived at Street’s Ferry and the Rebels withdrew. By 7 a.m., July 23, Potter began crossing to New Bern and safety. Following their return route today takes you through peaceful, beautiful countryside. You can visit the serene towns of Farmville and Snow Hill. You can imagine the majesty of the 1863 plantations in this area, but it’s harder to fathom the fear among the families and slaves who cultivated them as they faced the marauding terrorists of Potter’s Raid. While the Yankees destroyed major parts of this civilization in the space of six days— and severely handicapped the Confederate war effort here — the W&W railroad was repaired about a week later, and the war dragged on nearly two more years.


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Yesteryear in Duplin County Life among the rural rich and famous, as well as the regular people of Duplin County By Ann Green | Photos by Ven Carver

Liberty Hall As soon as you step inside the spacious entrance hall at Liberty Hall in Kenansville, you get a glimpse of 19thcentury plantation life in Duplin County. Built in the early 1800s by Thomas Kenan II, the Greek-revival style house has the original heart pine floors and 95 percent of the original windowpanes, according to JoAnn Stroud, the home’s curator. “As long as the Kenans lived here, there was no electricity eel leecctr cttrriicci or indoor iin ndo doo orr plumbiing,” in ng g,,” ,” sshe says. The Th T he entrance een nttrraan nce ce hall features ttu ure res a parrot wallpaper wa w allll iin n shades blue, off b o llu uee,,

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green and red on a blue background. “It is based on an original design,” says Stroud. To the right of the hallway, the music room is furnished with burgundy draperies, the original piano and the sheet music of Annie Kenan, the home’s last resident. “Annie was an accomplished pianist and played at the Presbyterian Church.” Across the hall, in the library, the men drank brandy, smoked cigars and conducted business transactions. Meanwhile, the ladies escaped to the Victorianstyle parlor and sipped tea. The parlor also was where Mary Lily Kenan married Standard Oil

Resources scion Henry Flagler in 1901. Dubbed the wedding of the century, the affair attracted the nation’s social elite, who traveled by private train and horse-drawn carriages to attend the wedding. Upstairs, Mary Lily’s off-white wedding dress, which is made of chiffon over white taffeta and Brussels lace is displayed in a lady’s bedroom. Even though Mary Lily was petite, weighed only 95 pounds and had an 18-inch waist, she was quite buxom, says Stroud. During the cold months, Annie Kenan and her three siblings ate their meals downstairs in the winter dining room, which featured a fireplace equipped with warming shelves. During the hot summer days, the family gathered in the summer dining


2Murray House Country Inn, 201 NC 24-50, Kenansville. www.murrayhouseinn. com/welcome.asp; or call (910) 296-1000. RESTAURANTS

2Olde Drugstore Café, 110 Front St., Kenansville or call (910) 275-1800. 2Southern Exposure, 202 Main St., Faison. www.southernexpo; or call (910) 267-0496.

For information about other lodging and restaurants, as well as Duplin County’s famous wineries, visit the Duplin website: Duplin County Tourism, or call (910) 296-2181.

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room that had doors opening to the outside to catch cross breezes. Designated as a Southern Historic Landmark, the restored Liberty Hall occupies several acres in downtown Kenansville. The 11-room, white-framed home is surrounded by a white picket fence. On the side of the house, there are several dependencies, including an overseer’s cottage, a wine cellar and a bath house with a four-hole privy and corn cobs that were used as toilet paper. “The less prominent people usually had an outhouse with one hole,” says Stroud. The most charming outbuilding is Martha’s cottage, which recreates a servant’s residence. Filled with primitive country furnishings, the one-room home was heated by a fireplace. The children slept in a loft on pallets or simple mattresses stuffed with straw, corn shucks or other matter. “Martha was the chief cook,” Stroud says. “She and her brothers chose to stay on the plantation after the Civil War. Their skill and dedication helped the Kenan family during the postwar years.” Open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. To find out more, visit the Web: (;) or call (910) 296-2175. Admission: adults $5; children (5–11) $2.50.

Cowan Museum Walk across the yard from Liberty Hall and tour the Cowan Museum, which has more than 1,800 artifacts from early rural America, including an 18th-century copper ear trumpet used as a hearing aid. The museum also has an extensive collection of 18th and 19th-century household utensils, as well as a leather and iron ox blinder that has slits over the eyes. ”Oxen could be ornery,” says museum manager Donna Cowan. “Before the animals went into the field, the farmer put blinders on them.” On the museum grounds, there is a one-room school and other outbuildings. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Closed major holidays and major holiday weekends. Visit the Web:; or call (910) 296-2149. Admission is free.

Tarkil Branch Farm’s Homestead Museum For a glimpse into early farm life in Duplin County, visit the Tarkil Branch Farm’s Homestead Museum in Beulaville. Owned by the Fountain family, the museum

is packed with family memorabilia, including period furniture, vintage sewing products, quilts and boys’ faded sun suits. “Mama was an excellent seamstress,” says Benny Fountain. “She made the sun suits out of feed bags.” Outside the museum, 11 vintage buildings depict the family’s resourcefulness. Inside a three-room cabin, Fountain shows the kitchen, which had a wood stove with iron kettles. “They used a lot of iron objects to get warm,” he says. In the parlor, Fountain holds up a wooden baby box made by his grandfather. “He took the baby and the box to the fields and worked,” he says. “This is where babies first learned to stand and hold the railing and wobble and wiggle.” As a tribute to the early days of electricity, a Four County Electric exhibit is set up in the hen house. The display features early electrical fixtures and gadgets, including light bulbs, a light fixture pulled with a chain, hot plate, fuse box, washing machine and fan. “We didn’t get electricity on the farm until 1940,” says Fountain. Open Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Tuesday–Friday by appointment or group reservation. To find out more about the museum, go to:; or call (910) 298-3804. Check the Web for admission fees.

Bulk and More Store For homemade baked goods, go down Fountaintown Road from the farm museum to the Bulk and More Store. As you walk inside, you can smell the sweet scent of yeast. Run by the Mobley family, the store sells homemade sourdough bread and other baked goods. Flour, grain, bakery mixes, rice and other products that are sold in bulk sizes line the shelves, including 50-pound bags of buckwheat flour, oat flour, spelt flour and cake flour. “Customers who want to buy in big bulk can call ahead and place an order,” according to Valley Mobley. The store also stocks a complete line of flavorings, candy chips, dried fruit, yeast and other baking items, as well as hand-rolled butter. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1–7 p.m.; Wednesday, 1–5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10–5 p.m. (910) 298-2183.


Ann Green is a writer based in Raleigh.

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Cameron & Carthage These neighboring Moore County towns offer antiques, intriguing history, BBQ and more Text and photos by Karen Olson House

Historic Cameron Driving west on Highway 24/27 toward Cameron, the countryside’s big barns and sparkling ponds beckon prettily. A little park tempts a stop, but then you see railroad tracks and four antique stores in a cozy cluster. And up over the hill, more antiques shops await. Cameron, incorporated in 1867, used to be the end of the line for the Raleigh and Augusta Railroad. Named for a railroad official, Cameron became a bustling commercial center with turpentine distilleries, a carriage works, hosiery

mill, hotels and saloons. The Lucretia dewberry made it king after it was introduced to Moore County in 1892. Farmers who planted its bushes unloaded big yields for auction at the railroad tracks, and Cameron was named “The Dewberry Capital of the World.” Indeed, from 1910 to 1920, between 60,000 and 90,000 dewberry crates were shipped out in refrigerated boxcars each season. Unfortunately, rust struck the plants and no new bushes were planted, partly because tobacco had emerged as the cash crop. By the 1950s, the dewberry and turpentine iindustries in indu ndu dus had died ou o u and the train out d didn’t stop as it honked through.


Today, antiques are the town’s biggest industry, attracting eager interior designers and home decorators on the hunt for old treasure. Each of its shops has its own unique appeal. McPherson’s, which once housed a general store, sells a genteel mix of cottage furniture, linens, china, scarves and handbags, North Carolina wines and food products such as chutneys, barbecue sauce and yes, dewberry jam. (If you are wondering, the dewberry tastes like a mild blackberry. Locals say it makes a mean pie.) The friendly proprietor, Dianne TaylorWebb, serves lunch in the store — tasty concoctions such as turkey, brie and pp sandwiches. apple

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2Carthage Buggy Festival, Friday–Saturday, May 10–11. www.thebuggy 2100+ Years Of Progress, 1,000+ historical, mechanical machines, including unique tractors and steam engines. Friday–Sunday, Nov. 1–3, (919) 708-8665 or

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She is enthusiastic about the state’s vineyards and holds all-day tastings of wines. Across the street, The Market, housed in the historic Muse Brothers department store building, sells furniture, glassware, rare collectibles, lamps and home décor, along with refreshing drinks at its Cappuccino/Espresso Bar. Behind The Market is the restored Old Cameron Jail, built around 1885. If it’s locked, ask in the Market to see its interesting vintage photos and posters. Further on through the village, you’ll see the venerable Hardware Antiques Store, where dealers showcase stoneware, paintings and formal and country pieces in handsome displays. Dewberry Deli & Soda Fountain is located downstairs. It sells yummy, old-time concoctions, including vanilla coke floats and banana splits, along with salads, homemade soups and PB & J “sammiches” for the kids. Nearby, This Old House is full of nostalgic “smalls” easy to take home, including albums, children’s books, cartoon glassware, photographs and cookie jars. You walk through at least nine rooms, including a kitchen and covered back porch. This Old House further distinguishes itself as the only shop open on Sundays in Cameron. In addition to these shops, there are many more to explore on Highway 24–27/Carthage Street, all within a half mile or so. Other points of interest include Cameron’s old churches and Victorian and bungalow homes. Wear good shoes and expect to buy items you don’t need but just can’t live without.

Historic Carthage The Moore County seat, Carthage, is about 10 miles from Cameron down Highway 24/27. Its 1922-built courthouse and traffic roundabout mark the center of downtown. BUGGY HISTORY

Carthage’s history includes a fascinating look at the Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory, one of the largest buggy manufacturers in the nation. It operated here from 1850–1925, and at its peak, turned out 3,000 carriages and buggies a year. As the “horseless carriage” (aka cars) grew in popularity, the factory began its demise. Its last buggy was sold in 1925 to an elderly gentleman who declared he’d never drive an automobile. You can learn more about the company, see its buggies and view photographs of its executives and office workers at the Carthage Historical Museum. The museum also features a visual timeline, starting in 1796, covering its schools, businesses and churches, and displays prescription medicines sold from a local drugstore. Its War Room has uniforms and memorabilia from those who served, and explains a World War II aviator’s monument at the courthouse. Open Sundays from 2–5 p.m. or by appt. 202 Rockingham St. (910) 947-2331 or


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When you want good barbecue, flying doesn’t usually come to mind. And when you picture flying, you don’t generally think of good ‘cue. But partners Ashley Sheppard and his mom Janie have combined these two very worthwhile pursuits at their popular Pik ‘n’ Pig restaurant out at Gilliam-McConnell Airfield. There, customers munch succulent, slow-cooked brisket while watching military helicopter maneuvers and small planes take off and land. On especially lucky days, they catch jaw-dropping loops and tricks by daring pilots. Once a local secret, the restaurant is now nationally known, especially to hobby pilots who readily launch for lunch and who appreciate the small, privatelyowned airstrip’s simplicity. The Sheppards, third-generation barbecuers blessed with fourth-generation staff, opened here in 2007. Since then, they’ve added a covered outdoor porch and another dining area. In addition to wood-fired BBQ plates and sandwiches, Pik ‘n’ Pig serves starters like smoked wings and desserts like Coca-Cola cake. 194 Gilliam-McConnell Road (about a mile from downtown Carthage). (910) 947-7591 or SHOPPIN’ AND SIPPIN’

For new fashion, check out Lisa’s Boutique (111 McReynolds St., near the courthouse). Its warm owner will help you put together an alluring, contemporary outfit. Vintage hounds can browse three thrift stores — Suga’s, Re-Do and Christian Outreach store — in a row on Courthouse Circle. Antique lovers like T& T Hidden Treasures (3733 Hwy. 15-501) and Ouida’s, which also sells striking pottery (open Saturdays; 310 Monroe St.). Moore Coffee, (201 S. McNeil St.) serves chai tea lattes and delicious frappes. Its upbeat atmosphere includes a giant Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band-inspired mural. See if you can spot locals’ faces amid the more famous ones.

Accommodations Folks like The Old Buggy Inn, a charmingly restored Queen Anne Victorian in Carthage (www.oldbuggyinn. com). There’s also a little RV park at Gillian-McConnell Airfield (15 sites, full hookups, The closest hotels for Carthage and Cameron are roughly 15 minutes away in Southern Pines and Pinehurst.


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A Gold Country Adventure Gold and more await you in the Piedmont foothills By Renee Gannon


ust east of Charlotte and south of the Triad in the rolling hills of the southern Piedmont, a golden rock used as a doorstop in 1799 set off the first gold rush in the United States — 50 years before prospectors headed to California. The U.S. government opened the Federal Mint in Charlotte in 1837 to handle the gold pulled from mines, creeks and hillsides. Today, the mines are closed, and the creeks quietly flow through forests and past farms. Families now venture to the region not to strike it rich, but to enjoy the area’s history, natural beauty and small town charm.

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and panners working the creeks for flakes and small nuggets continued the hunt until the 1930s. Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site opened to the public in 1977 (admission is free). The almost 900acre site has a visitor center and more than 400 feet of restored underground tunnels. The u underground ndeerrgr nd grou ound ound nd tour descends 50 below 50 ffeet eet be ee b elo low the surface and can feel d yo yyou ou cca aan n ffe eeell the temperature fall you re ffa allll aass yyo ou drop into the br brownb row own wn n-ish-red rock and nd n d timber structure space. The deepest shaft at Reed

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Young Conrad Reed found the 17-pound golden doorstop in Little Meadow Creek in Midland, the first documented discovery of gold in the U.S. Conrad’s father, John Reed, sold the rock in 1802 for $3.50 (a week’s worth of wages), not knowing its worth at the time set close to $3,600 (almost $100,000 today). Reed soon found out what his farmland held and began surface mining for gold in a partnership known as the Reed Gold Mine. Gold mining underground began in 1831 at Reed Gold Mine, with the first shaft. Mine operations opened at other Piedmont sites such as Gold Hill, Cotton Patch, Barringer, Ingram and Parker. The golden boom lasted until 1845, with North Carolina gold production ceasing around c 1915. Just a few new “finds” in old mines Renee Gannon

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reached 150 feet, while some mines in other parts of the state plunged 600 feet. The property also features wooded trails to outside exhibits, an ore-crushing stamping mill and a bridge over Little Meadow Creek. Across from the visitor center you can try your luck at panning for gold for $3. A water trough awaits you and your 15-pound, rock-laden pan. A guide demonstrates the panning technique and checks on your progress. It’s time-consuming and shows the patience those early prospectors had to find the smallest golden flake. If lucky, you will walk away with a vial of gold. ( or 704-721-GOLD)

Nature beckons Badin Road leads to the small town of Badin, known as the gateway to North Carolina’s central park — Badin Lake, Lake Tillery, Morrow Mountain and the Uwharrie National Forest (park office in Troy), as well as the Yadkin, Pee Dee and Uwharrie rivers that split Morrow Mountain from the Uwharries. Outdoor recreation rules here, with boating, canoeing and kayaking; fishing, camping, biking, hiking and horse trails available. If time allows, plan to spend the day in the woods. For my daughter’s first hiking adventure, we chose Morrow Mountain State Park, with its range of trail distance, access and ability levels more suited for a young first-timer. Morrow Mountain is located on the western edge of the 50,000-acre Uwharrie National Forest that spans both Stanly and Montgomery counties, just outside of Albemarle. Once part of an ancient eastern U.S. mounA tain range, the Uwharrie’s four major peaks of Morrow, Sugarloaf, Hattaway and Fall, have worn down over time, with Morrow now the highest at 936 feet. The state park’s museum located at the park office details the geological and cultural history of the area. Park rangers are available to discuss hiking and other recreational options to best suit your needs. You can hike across Morrow Mountain in many directions without ever leaving the wooded path on 15 miles of trails (with 16 miles of horse trails). We chose several trails whose trailheads were accessible by car to break up the hikes. Our day started with the short, easy 0.8-mile Three Rivers Trail loop, which leads from the boat ramp parking area on Lake Tillery, along and then away from the shores of the Yadkin and Pee Dee rivers, back to the parking area. This is a perfect introduction trail for young hikers, with the water’s edge, slight hills, leaf-covered trails, wildflowers, marshes and creeks to traverse.

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Local eats and entertainment After hiking, touring an underground mine, and sloshing a pan of rocks and water in hope of seeing a golden glint, a bite to eat is in order. The best bet to any good meal is to ask the locals. The Reed Gold Mine attendant recommended Old School Mill’s Fresh House in Locust, a family-owned antique grist mill that produces Old School brand flours, grit, molasses, jams and other products. The mill’s country store features a bakery and a full-service restaurant where everyone’s country favorites are served, even fried frog legs. ( or on Facebook at Old School Mill’s Fresh House, 704-888-1460) Looking for dinner and entertainment? The Badin Road Drive-In has been showing first-run movies and serving hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, ice cream and other favorites since 1948. The two-screen drive-in caters to adult and family movie buffs. WiFi access and FM stereo audio allows you to listen to the movie through a car radio or a portable stereo (recommended to save car battery). With weekend double features, the drive-in offers family fun without hurting the family wallet. ( or 704-983-2900).


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A Surry County Getaway This Yadkin Valley region offers an escape from the every day By Renee Gannon


urry County is the heart of North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley, where tobacco, textiles and furniture once ruled. While these endeavors still endure, tourism has blossomed into an economic force that melds the area’s past and present. Visitors come to walk the streets of Mayberry, taste the wines created from the grapes grown in old tobacco fields and paddling the muddy waters of the Yadkin River.

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here, providing 7,600 jobs across the state. Yadkin Valley is home to 36 of those wineries, with 20 of the tasting rooms within 20 miles. Twelve wineries are located in Surry County, now considered the heart of the wine region, with three more set to open in late 2013. You could spend several days touring all the county’s wineries, but here is a small selection of the Surry wineries: Shelton Vineyards (336366-4724, www.shelton, Dobson: Brothers Charles and Ed Shelton planted the first vines at Shelton Vineyards in 1999, the largest familyowned vineyard in the state o ow wn wne ne ed vvi in 125 aatt 1 25 2 5 aacres ccrr and growing 10 vvarieties 10 aarrie riieeti tie of grapes. The Sheltons were pioneers in S Sh heellto tons ns w the Yadkin tth he Ya Y ad dk ki Valley, whose the everssuccess su suc ucc cceesss sp sspawned p gr g growing ro ow win ing w wine industry in tth the he re rregion. eg giion on


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Stony Knoll (336-3745752,, Dobson: Owner Van Coe turned a portion of his wife Kathy’s family tobacco farm into vineyards, planting the first vines in 2001. Coe says the land’s fertile tobacco past set up the soil for growing grapes. The farm is listed as a N.C. Century Farm, growing crops for more than 116 years. Brushy Mountain ou o unt unt ntaaiin Winery Wiin W ne erryy (336-835-1313, 3,, www.brushy 3 .com)),, d downownow ownntown Elkin: Begun Beegu B gun in in 2006 06 0 6 as as an an “epipheep pip iph h--

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any” for then 76-year-old Matthew Mayberry and his wife, Anna, the winery recently re-opened under new owner Beth Duncan. Carolina Heritage (336-366-3301, www.carolinaherita, Elkin: Clyde and Pat Colwell started this vineyard in 2005. It is certified USDA Organic. Elkin Creek (336-526-5119,, Elkin: Mark Greene planted the first vines in 2001 on the site of a historic grist mill built in 1896. The Greenes recently sold the vineyard and winery to the Jeroslow and White families, two couples who met while working with the Blue Man Group theatrical tour. Grassy Creek (336-835-4230,, Elkin: Founded in 2003, this vineyard and winery pays homage to the former dairy farm locally known as the Klondike Farm, by bottling a few wines in milk bottles with the Klondike Farm’s golden Guernsey cow “Nira Pola” on the label — a cow with an interesting story that involved traveling with Admiral Richard E. Byrd to Antarctica in 1933, where she gave birth on the trip to a calf named Iceberg. Old North State Winery (336-789-9463, www.oldnorth, downtown Mount Airy: Two families started this cooperative in 2002, devoted to growing grapes on their family farms. The winery is located in a historic 1885 building that housed a general store, until a dynamite charge set off next door damaged the storefront in 1926. During rebuilding in 1969, a worker discovered skeletal remains of an arm in the basement. When the winery moved, the skeletal arm, known as the “Restless Soul,” became part of its story and label. Other wineries in Surry County include: Round Peak, Old Mille, Hutton Vineyards, Herrera Vineyard and Slightly Askew.

Small town charm Travel to Mount Airy (800-948-0949, to walk the streets of Mayberry: Snappy Lunch and its famous pork chop sandwich, the Blue Bird Diner (go for the onion rings), the Mayberry Soda Fountain, Floyd’s Barber Shop where you can still get a shave and a haircut, visit the Mayberry jail and sit in the Otis cell. One can even stay at Andy Griffith’s homeplace, now managed by the local Hampton Inn, for $175 per night. The Andy Griffith Museum showcases all things Andy and Mayberry. Squad Car Tours also start and end at the museum. Drivers tour you around in 1961, ’62, ’63 and ’65 models of the Ford Galaxie squad car, visiting the world’s largest granite quarry, Mayberry sites and other area highlights. My driver, Melvin Miles, had his mobile

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phone ringtone set to the Andy Griffith Show theme song. Next door to the museum is the Surry Arts Council, home to the Siamese twins Eng and Chang Bunker exhibit. After retiring from show business, the twins settled in Trap Hill/Mount Airy. The Bunkers had 21 children total, with many of their descendants still living in the area. The exhibit shares interesting facts about the twins, along with debunking many myths about them. When darkness falls, catch the Mount Airy Ghost Tour. Hosted by the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, it begins and ends at the Old North State Winery. The tour is a little tongue-and-cheek, so it’s safe for all ages. Just don’t worry if you feel a cold nose nudging from a long-dead mule put down by its impatient owner. For an upscale dining experience before or after ghost hunting, head to Trio’s for award-winning food and service. In Elkin, hikers can walk the 2.5-mile portion of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Elkin serves as one of the two trailheads, with the other in Abington, Va. After hiking, sit down to a meal at Harry’s Place, a local favorite featuring southern home cooking and sweet tea in a Mt. Olive pickle jar. For white tablecloth dining, walk downtown to Twenty One and Main restaurant.

Paddling away For outdoor enthusiasts, the Yadkin River is accessible throughout the county. The muddy water is slow-flowing and wide, with creeks along the river to explore. Overhanging trees on the riverbanks provide shade to paddle under when needed. One outfitter, Yadkin River Adventures (336-3745318, located in historic Rockford, provides 2-, 4-, and 6-hour and overnight canoe and kayak trips. The outfitter provides transportation to and from your starting and ending points. The 2-hour trip goes from Boonville back to Rockford. About halfway, a left turn up the Fisher River leads to a rock outcropping perfect for a picnic lunch. The paddle upstream to the rocks is strenuous going against the current, but you cruise back down to the Yadkin. The Rockford General Store (336-374-5317, www.rockford, located across the street from the outfitter’s office, can pack a picnic for you in a cooler to tote in your kayak or canoe. When you bring the cooler back, dip into the old ice chest for a bottle of Cheerwine, Nehi or Coke, sit back on the outside bench next to the wooden Indian chief and relax after a day of paddling, and plan your next wine stop, dinner or paddling experience.


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Hot Springs, Marshall and Mars Hill Scenic mountain towns in Madison County that soothe and excite Text and photos by Karen Olson House

Hot Springs Stretching from Georgia through Maine, the Appalachian Trail is no place for sissies. Boot soles peel off, backpack straps break, cooking stoves leak gas. Wanderlust turns into “wonder lust” as you search in vain for the trail. Not to mention those prickly encounters with porcupines or black bear. Even without these surprises, trail life is challenging. Blisters rub, backs ache and legs burn at the mere sight of yet another switchback. Fantasies of hot baths torture and stomachs growl for impractical treats. It’s no wonder A.T. hikers visibly relax when they walk into Hot Springs. The trail goes right through the town’s ma m ain in tthoroughfare, ho h oro roug ugh hffaarre, e, n ot ot main not House ne

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that A.T. hikers would miss the opportunity to enjoy a trail town as well-liked and counted upon as this one. Scenic Hot Springs has long soothed those seeking comfort and pleasure. Its carbonated spring water is famous for its mineral content and healing properties, and starting in 1832, a succession of fancy resort hotels catered to the wealthy here. Fortunately for those with lighter purse strings, the town today offers restaurants and lodging that cover rich and poor. EATIN’ AND SHOPPIN’

As befitting a trail town, you can easily walk to nearly everything. The Smoky Mountain Diner is the place to score a hot, sit-down breakfast — it’s rrevered re evvee for its generous o ou us portions and berry cobblers. Folks also like Spring Creek Hot Springs

Resources Tavern’s hamburgers, craft beers and live music. Eat on its porch, if possible, and take the time to swing the old-time dangle successfully onto the hook out there. Sweet Imaginations serves tempting deli sandwiches, frozen yogurt, brownie sundaes and other ice cream treats. Dinner is open to the public at Mountain Magnolia Inn, and like the inn, the Ironhorse Station Restaurant serves fresh, organic fare in a hospitable atmosphere. For outdoor gear and tips on local trails, go to Bluff Mountain Outfitters (152 Bridge St.). Ironhorse Station’s comp pl lex ex iincludes nclu nc lude des plex


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ArtiSun Gallery and Marketplace (50 S. Andrews St.), a warm, pleasing space with a wine shop, coffee bar and artisan jewelry, fiber art, photography, wood working and pottery. Then stroll over to Harvest Moon Gallery & Gift Shop (81 Bridge St.), which sells a mix of art, antiques, vintage goods, records and tie-dyed clothing, and Hazelwood House Gift Shop (50 S. Spring St.), where you can browse more traditional arts and crafts such as teddy bears, dolls and rocking chairs. THE SPRINGS

Hot Springs Resort and Spa has modern, secluded Jacuzzistyle hot tubs in wooden outdoor decks along Spring Creek and French Broad River. It pipes the springs’ mineral water into the tubs, which are sanitized and drained after each use. Prices start at $13 per hour, depending on tub, time and person-count. Open daily into late evening. For tub reservations, call (828) 622-7676. ACCOMMODATIONS

The resort is located on 100 acres. In addition to luxury suites it has eight primitive camping cabins, RV sites and more than a 100 tent sites. Other town accommodations include $15 a night hostels (Laughing Heart Lodge), inn rooms and cottage and cabin rentals. For more information, visit ANNUAL EVENTS

Trailfest, Friday-Sunday, April 19–21 It celebrates hiking in particular but also bicycling, skateboarding and river rafting. Festivities kick off with an inexpensive spaghetti dinner, and end with pancakes, a float trip, and family soccer. Other activities: music, a 5k run, chili cookoff, bonfire, talent contest, nature craft demo, Hula Hoop workshop, duck race and morning yoga. (828) 622-9575 or newsevents/trailfest.html

French Broad River Festival, Friday-Sunday, May 3–5 Live music, mountain bike and whitewater raft racing. Arts and crafts and kids’ village with facepainting, games and storytelling.

Marshall Quaint, historic Marshall (pop. around 870) is perched over the wide French Broad River. Despite the surrounding green topography, it can feel like an old western town. Townfolk hold spirited community events, including dancing and cakewalks, along with country, bluegrass and mountain music, in its restored train depot. Step inside there and ask the oldtimers what’s

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next on tap, then relax on its back deck overlooking the river. Also on Main Street: the Madison County Courthouse; Good Stuff, a combination music venue/ beer hall/wine bar/restaurant; Lapland Bookshop, which sells gently used and new books and handcrafts from its storybook cottage; artsy Zuma’s Coffee; and (of all things) a tattoo museum that features extraordinary photographs, artifacts and books. On French Broad Fridays, downtown businesses stay open late, with festivities and special restaurant menus, for kids of all ages. ANNUAL EVENTS

They include a mermaid parade (June 7), “Bike-ALicious” (July 12), and “Dog Daze” (August 9).

Mars Hill Mars Hill is the home of Mars Hill College, founded originally as the French Broad Baptist Institute in 1856. The name became Mars Hill College, inspired by Acts 17:22 in the Bible (King James Version) that said “Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill and said, ‘Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.” Visitors like its charming campus, which features beautiful stone buildings and artful landscaping. The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre holds performances at Owen Theatre there. SART’s six-show season begins in June and runs through August (828689-1384 or Other worthy stops: Main Street Deli, Papa Nick’s Pizza (15 College Street) and Fiddlestix, which sells antiques, locally built furniture and other crafts (37 Library St.). ANNUAL EVENTS

Madison County Heritage Festival, Saturday, Oct. 5 Crafts, live music and food, held on Main Street, College Street and the college’s quad.

Outdoor fun This area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, offering awe-inspiring hiking, river rafting (several businesses in Hot Springs and Marshall), horseback riding (Sandy Bottom Trail Rides in Marshall), guided llama treks (Marshall), disc golf (at Mars Hill College’s campus and at Blanahassett Island, a park in Marshall). If you fish, opportunities abound in active fishing streams, creeks and rivers. Wild trout fishing is open all year and hatchery supported streams open in April. StreamSide Experience (Hot Springs) schedules half and full-day guided fly fishing trips. Carolina Country APRIL 2013 57


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